Book Flame: Review: Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell. Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves? Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?
As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.
First Line: “Five enemies.”
Review: I’ve been looking forward to this book since Snow Like Ashes which was a favorite of mine, but I have to admit Ice Like Fire definitely felt like the case of the middle book syndrome. It’s hard not to compare this to the first book in the series, Snow Like Ashes was all action and anticipation while Ice Like Fire was just blah, at least, the first seventy percent of the book.
As far as the characters go, Meira wasn’t as likable in this one she seemed weaker not much of her being the kick ass girl we met in the first one. Also a lot of inner dialogue about her trying to save her people which was well pretty blah, I didn’t care for it. Just when I thought there would be no love triangle guess what?!?! There is one and I am pissed. I’m all for a good love triangle(which very few authors can pull off) but I hate it when authors make us fall for a guy who is clearly the better guy only to make him out to be an ass in the next book. Even though there was reasoning behind why Theron was acting the way he was which we find out later on, I just didn’t care for the love triangle that has now popped up again between Mather, Meira, and Theron. I personally don’t feel Mather deserves Meira and thought all this was cleared up in the first book.
The majority of the book was spent traveling and finding the keys to open the chasm which now has been found. I thought finding the keys would be a sort of adventure, but it was all way too easy and seeing how that was the first half of the book or so I was bored. All the action that I was expecting didn’t come until the last thirty percent of the book only to leave us with another cliffhanger.
Overall even though Ice Like Fire was not what I had hoped it to be I’m still going to be picking up the next book in the series because with the way things ended I have a feeling the next book will be pretty awesome at least I hope so.
~” I think if we wanted to…I think we could have survived being unraveled.”-Mather
~”Whatever it takes. Whoever I have to be. I will not let this world fall.” -Meira